Inaugural poet Richard Blanco has praised Obama for including gay rights in his inaugural address on Monday.

In an appearance on CNN's Starting Point, Blanco said he thought “it was great the way that he couched gay America in terms of a civil rights sort of issue as well.”

Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, wrote an original poem for the inaugural. At 44, he is the youngest, first Hispanic and first gay inaugural poet.

“I've often wondered – it seems to me sometimes that it's the only thing in America still that, you know, I see the sort of slight slurs on TV or commercials, and I'm thinking: 'If somebody were to say this about a Mexican-American or a Latino-American in general or an African-American, you could never get away with that,'” he said. “And I think the idea it's sort of this – it is in many ways a civil rights issue. I thought that was couched nicely to pair all those things together and so eloquently as he did.”

Blanco also lauded Obama for referencing the Stonewall riots in his speech.

Obama cited Stonewall, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, and stated that “if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

(Watch the segment at CNN.)